An 18 year-old from Longbenton has received his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at an official ceremony inside St James’ Palace, London.
Air Cadet Daniel Horner attended the ceremony with his mother, Gillian, 38, and was congratulated by the Duke himself. “The Duke was really friendly and congratulated everyone on achieving the Award,” said Daniel.
“He asked me about my degree and I explained what it entailed and how the Award and being an Air Cadet had helped me. He wished me luck for the future,” Daniel added.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme aims to provide an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development for young people. It takes at least 12 months to complete the Gold Award.
Daniel, who studies Applied Sports Science at Northumbria University, has volunteered within the local community, improved his fitness and learned new skills in engineering, music and sports.
Additionally, Daniel undertook a residential camp at RAF Valley where he enjoyed a first-hand insight into fast-jet training.
Daniel said; “The Gold DofE was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. I was determined to complete it and I’m so happy to have received the Award in a palace!”
Squadron Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said; “We are all very proud of Daniel and his recent achievement. His determination, work ethic and team spirit is reflected in the Award. It will stand him in good stead for the future.”
Daniel is the 12th Longbenton Air Cadet in two years to have earned the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Longbenton Squadron is currently open to new members in Year 8 and above.